02.01.2009

Action for Blind People: Don"t neglect eyesight in the recession

Action for Blind People: Don"t neglect eyesight in the recession

A call has been made by Action for Blind People not to let financial constraints affect people"s care of their eyes.

The organisation made the warning after the results of a YouGov poll it commissioned, which found that some people are failing to have eye tests for reasons of cost.

Richard Tolson, health and social care service development at Action for Blind People, stressed the importance of having regular eye checks and noted that they cost £24 on average for those who do not qualify for free ones on the NHS.

The organisation"s study found that 27 per cent of adults have not had their eyes tested in the past two years, 30 per cent of whom cited financial constraints as an explanation.

Action for Blind People also offers a list of tips for people to help look after their eyes.

Contact lenses should be kept clean and tap water or saliva should not be used in place of proper solution.

In addition, wearing sunglasses when necessary and taking regular breaks if using a computer, are recommended, as well as eating foods such as spinach, broccoli and squash, which can help combat certain eye ailments.


by Emily Tait


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